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AIFIRA facility (Applications Interdisciplinaires de Faisceaux d’Ions en Région Aquitaine) allows the analysis and the irradiation of various samples with light ions of few MeV. AIFIRA is labelled by IN2P3 (CNRS) and the Université de Bordeaux and located in the CENBG laboratory (Gradigan, France). It is composed of an accelerator equipped with five beam lines. The equipments implemented on the facility offer the possibility to develop a wide range of thematics, some of them at the edge of several scientific fields.
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Scientific Activities

Our activities are multidisciplinary as we develop different scientific thematics in daily routine. Indeed, it is possible to :
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Hydrothermal sample : optical picture & µ-PIXE maps
  • Identify and quantify the elementary composition of samples of different nature (thin layer, thick materials, biological samples, archaeological objects...).
  • Obtain the 2D elementary map at micrometric scale.
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    Exposed cells to TiO2 nanoparticles
    • Irradiate with a macro- or and micro-scopic beam with a perfectly controlled dose.


    • Irradiate with neutronic fields (from 1 to 5 MeV) or gamma-rays of 6 MeV.


    • Qualify and calibrate detectors used for fundamental Physics (neutron production, laser,...).
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    PSD (Pulse Shape Discrimination) profile for a Stilbene scintillator.


    Provided Analyses

    All the chemical elements can be detected with the appropriate combination of analysis :
      # PIXE (Particle Induced X-ray Emission) : measure by X-ray emission of all the elements with Z > 11.
      # RBS (Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry) : quantified analysis of surface and interface until 100 µm of depth.
      # NRA (Nuclear Reaction Analysis) & PIGE (Particle Induced γ-ray Emission) : surface and in-depth quantification of light elements and their isotopes (He, Li, Be, B, C, N, O, F) by nuclear reaction.
      # ERDA (Elastic Recoil Detection Analysis) : quantification and 2D-mapping of hydrogen and deuterium at the surface of the sample.


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